Northeastern University—Seattle Campus Reopening

You will find Frequently Asked Questions below that pertain specifically to Northeastern University’s Seattle campus. We also highly encourage you to visit the University’s website on reopening and a safe return to campus.

The Seattle Campus

  1. Are there specific entry protocols that students, faculty, and staff will follow at the Seattle campus?

  2. Yes, there are specific procedures you need to be aware of before deciding to visit campus:
  • Complete the University Expectations for Return to Campus Attestation 
  • Review the “The Seattle Campus Safe Return Guide 
  • Download SafeZone from either the iTunes App Store, the Google Play App Store, the Windows Store  
  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. You will need to show the results of your Daily Wellness Check when you arrive on campus, so we encourage you to bookmark services.northeastern.edu/wellness on your mobile phone for convenient access to the Daily Wellness Check results page. You may also print your result page and show it on arrival if you do not have a mobile phone. Please stay home if you feel sick
  • All students, faculty, and staff will have their temperature checked before entering the building
  • All students will be required to make a reservation to be on campus to study, take a class, or work a campus job
  • Always wear your Husky ID and access card on a lanyard so it is visible while on campus
  • Face masks or face coverings must be worn at all times – both inside campus building and in outdoor spaces on campus
  • You are required to follow the directional signage and adhere to the stated entrance and exit door signage
  • Stay to the right in all hallways and stairs
  1. What should a student, faculty, or staff member in Seattle do if they need to get tested for COVID-19?

  • Locally, testing is available through an individual’s primary care provider. The City of Seattle is also offering free COVID-19 testing, for all ages, at three sites across Seattle through a partnership with King County and UW Medicine. Drive-through and walk-up testing is available, but you must first register online.For more resources outside of the city of Seattle, please visit King County COVID-19 testing website. To find places to get tested in King County, you can call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 for assistance (interpreters available).
  1. Are student, faculty, and staff members required to get tested before returning to campus?

  • No. But in the interest of protecting the health of our campus community, the university recommends that all Northeastern students minimize contact with others for 14 days before travel and asks that you get a test 72 hours or less prior to your arrival on campus, if you are able. Please do not travel to campus if you test positive or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Please remember, your first actions to #ProtectthePackNU can start before you travel.
  1. What are the operational hours at the Seattle campus?

  • Beginning on September 9, campus will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  1. Is eating allowed on the Seattle campus?

  • In accordance with the university policy on locations for safe eating and drinking on campus, eating is not allowed in classrooms or hallways. There are designated tables on each floor for eating while on campus—the only areas where eating is permitted on campus other than a private office. These tables are not meant to be used as study areas. You will need to bring your own utensils and drinking cup and take them home each day. Microwaves are also available in each eating area. Coffee & tea service has been eliminated but filtered cold/hot water is available in each eating area of campus. Eating is the only time when anyone is permitted to take off their mask off while on campus. It is recommended that people not engage in conversation while eating to help reduce the risk of spreading airborne droplets. Community style food events on campus are suspended until further notice.
  1. Are there specific public health guidelines students should follow when traveling to the Seattle campus?

  • Currently, a formal quarantine is not required for travelers entering Washington state. The county is still in a phased reopening. To see current restrictions, please visit the King County Safe Start website to see our current phase and the restrictions that are in place.King County requires that all public transit commuters wear a mask while on public transit and maintain six-foot distance where possible. For more information on public transit protocols, visit the King County Metro website.
  1. How do I reserve space to be on campus to study?

  • Students need to make a daily reservation a week in advance through Acuity Reservation Portal. Reservations are for the full day and you may come anytime during operating hours. Please note you will be required to visit the check-in station each time you return to campus. When making a reservation, you will select a floor and will take any open seat on that floor upon arrival. We ask that you limit your activity to the floor you have selected. Please keep the following in mind: 
    • If you wish to study on campus, in addition to attending class, you will need to make a reservation. 
    • If you are only coming to campus for class, and not to study, you do not need to make a separate reservation.  
    • We kindly ask that all students coming to campus for a class arrive on campus 10-15 minutes before class to complete the check-in process.  
  1. How do I receive academic advising during the fall term?

  • All faculty and academic advising will take place virtually during the fall term. Students can contact their advisor over email and schedule a virtual appointment.
  1. Are there specific cleaning protocols that the Seattle campus will follow?

  • We have janitorial services that will clean all high-touch services in each building, including restrooms, elevators, entrance door hardware, counters, and handrails, in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC. Everyone should personally wipe off surfaces before and after using them. (Think of wiping carts when you go grocery shopping). This includes AV equipment in meeting rooms, workstations, lecterns, tables and seats in classrooms, etc. The Facilities team will install and maintain hand-sanitizer stations and cleaning materials at entrances to our spaces throughout campus to promote easy access. Shared white board markers and erasers have been removed from the classrooms and common areas. Sanitized sets are available for check out at the 225 front desk. All faculty and teaching assistants will be issued a set as part of their supplies for the term and should bring them to campus as needed. All areas, including classrooms, will have a full cleaning and disinfecting nightly. Given the number of classrooms and the time between classes, it will not be possible for facilities staff to clean classrooms between use, so each member of our community will need to share responsibility for sanitizing spaces before and after use. Campus will supply all classrooms and common spaces with sanitation wipes or cleaning spray and towels.
  1. What are the local resources available for COVID-19 information in our area?

  • King County Public Health provides resource guides and a website, as well as a dashboard with current COVID-19 datasets. Information is available in multiple languages. The campus will continue to update with additional resources as they are made available.
  1. What should a student, faculty, or staff member in our Seattle location do if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • If you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you please complete your daily health assessment, stay home and do not come to campus. King County public health guidelines instruct you to contact a health provider or testing site to discuss the need for testing.
  1. What should a student, faculty, or staff member in our Seattle location do if they test positive for COVID-19? 

  1. What is the visitor policy on the Seattle campus?

  • Visitors requests must be approved in advance by either Campus Dean or Assoc. Director Operations. All visitors will need to follow CV-19 health guidelines in advance of coming on campus and complete a CV-19 wellness check at check in station before entering campus.
  1. What is the event policy on the Seattle campus?

  • On campus Community events are currently suspended. All in person events on campus must be preapproved by Dean or Assoc. Director Operations and cannot exceed 25 people.

General

  1. Are masks required on all of Northeastern’s global campuses?

  • Yes. All students, faculty, and staff across Northeastern’s global campuses follow the Northeastern face covering protocol. Northeastern requires all employees, students, vendors, and visitors to wear face coverings or face masks while they are in common spaces, including outdoor spaces on campus, and in common gathering areas, shared workspaces, shared academic spaces, or when interacting face to face with others.
  1. Are daily health screenings required on all of Northeastern’s global campuses?

  • Yes. All Northeastern students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a Daily Wellness Check before coming to campus. You will need to show the results of your Daily Wellness Check when you arrive on campus, so we encourage you to bookmark services.northeastern.edu/wellness on your mobile phone for convenient access to the Daily Wellness Check results page. You may also print your result page and show it on arrival if you do not have a mobile phone.
  1. Does Northeastern have recommendations for students before they travel to our global campuses?

  • In the interest of protecting the health of our campus community in the fall term, we recommend that you minimize contact with others for 14 days before travel and that you get a test 72 hours or less prior to your arrival on campus, if you are able. Please do not travel to campus if you test positive or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  1. Is Northeastern requiring and providing COVID-19 testing at all of its global campuses?

  • Testing is required and provided only on the Boston campus. At our other global locations, other safety precautions will be in place, including daily health assessments, entry screening, face covering protocols, healthy distancing protocols, and daily temperature checks. Each campus location has also identified a list of local testing providers and will provide resources if any student or staff member is in need of a COVID-19 test.
  1. How are classes being offered?

  • All Northeastern locations have adopted an advanced, highly flexible learning model called Hybrid NUflex. From week to week, Hybrid Nuflex allows some students to attend classes in-person while others join remotely via Zoom or Teams. To manage classroom density, some students will be in the classroom while others are learning remotely, in real time.Using a dynamic scheduling app available on Northeastern’s Student Hub, students can indicate for faculty in advance their preferred mode of attendance during a given week. The classroom experience will be immersive, enhanced through video and chat tools that allow people inside and outside the classroom to see each other and enjoy lively two-way exchanges.Faculty will decide how to best deliver their individual courses through Hybrid NUflex. Hybrid NUflex allows students to begin the term remotely and then come to campus or to begin in person and later transition to remote learning, meeting international student requirements.
  1. Will students across the global campuses have access to the new Student Hub platform?

  • All Northeastern students will have access to the Student Hub, a new, highly personalized and experience-driven platform designed to help students navigate and keep track of their busy and daily lives as university students.
  1. Are hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes available on Northeastern’s campus locations?

  • Yes. Northeastern is providing hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes at all of its campus locations, focusing especially on classrooms, the entrances to our campus spaces, and in common areas.
  1. Is elevator capacity limited on Northeastern’s campus locations?

  • Yes. Elevator occupancy is being limited to two to four people, based on guidelines of the National Elevator Institute Inc., a national trade association for the elevator and escalator industry.
  1. Are cleaning and sanitization procedures be enhanced on all of the global network campuses?

  • Yes. Each campus are following Northeastern’s cleaning and sanitizing protocol, using EPA approved disinfectants and cleaning high-touch surfaces more frequently.
  1. How does Northeastern evaluate and maintain air quality in leased campus spaces?

  • The Northeastern Facilities team has analyzed the air quality and HVAC systems in each of its campus locations, following recommendations and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other professional and trade organizations. Northeastern will use additional air filtration units in any buildings that don’t meet our standards for air quality.
  1. How are we preparing our buildings for the return of our faculty, students, and staff?

  • The operations staff in each campus location are working closely with the Campus Planning and Facilities teams in Boston to prepare our campus spaces for the return of faculty, students, and staff. This includes installing new signage to promote healthy distancing, reconfiguring classrooms and common areas to reduce density and encourage six-foot distancing, and installing hand sanitizer stations throughout campus. For leased properties, Northeastern will verify that the property manager has prepared the buildings’ common spaces in accordance with state and provincial guidelines and university standards.
  1. What happens if someone has tested positive and has been on campus? Will classmates or staff be notified?

  • In our global network locations, public health authorities will conduct the contact tracing to notify close contacts of anyone who tests positive. It is very important—and in fact legally required by HIPAA and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States and PIPEDA in Canada—for Northeastern to protect the privacy of each one of our fellow Northeastern community members. To protect the person’s privacy and comply with legal requirements, our case management team and the state public health authorities cannot share the identity of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Staff and students will be notified only if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and the identity of the person will not be shared.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2020